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Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

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Save for a busy, perhaps too restrained take on The Beatles' “Yesterday" and the predictable South American rhythm driven “Sangueo Soul," Facing Dragons is pianist Christian Sands third powerhouse release in a shade over two years. Crisply performed by his core trio, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the untiring Jerome Jennings on drums, Facing Dragons may not explode out at you like last year's Reach, his debut as a leader, or the concussive live energy that spilled over onto ...

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Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

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Christian Sands is already being hailed as the greatest jazz pianist of his generation. The question now is will he follow in the footsteps of piano virtuosos like Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner and concentrate on keyboard fireworks? Or will he choose other outlets for his immense talent, DownBeat magazine seemingly paving the way for this by lauding him as “an imaginative composer" and “clever arranger." Sands, born on May 22 1989, grew up in ...

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Christian Sands: Reach Further

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With full gale Monk-ian intensity and flair, pianist Christian Sands' five song EP, Reach Further bursts open with “J-Street" like the grandest, most swinging first flower in the new jazz garden. Then you hit repeat. Repeat again. Then you remember there are four more songs and the garden bursts with color. Comprised of two brazen studio originals recorded for but left off 2017's seminal Reach and three utterly dynamic, immediate, and fun live tracks, recorded in March 2018 ...

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Christian Sands: Reach

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A lot plays into the success of an artist's reach, with content and presentation obviously ranking high on the list. But above all, an artist has to be willing to extend a hand if they expect listeners to do the same. Many simply reach for the musical stars without really considering the need to reach out to potential audiences through the music. Pianist Christian Sands doesn't fall into that trap. His reach--both up and out--is long and wide, exemplified on ...